With more than 50 free musical performances, movies under the stars and a smattering of dance and drama performances, the Levitt Shell in Overton Park serves as true common ground for residents of... Read More
With more than 50 free musical performances, movies under the stars and a smattering of dance and drama performances, the Levitt Shell in Overton Park serves as true common ground for residents of Memphis. The historic shell - Elvis once sang here early on in his career, sharing the stage with Johnny Cash (it was not a success for the future King), the Shell fell into disrepair and out of favor in the late 1990's, but was saved from demolition by a local group and has since been renamed the Levitt Shell at Overton Park. It reopened in 2008, offering free performances for all. Alcohol is permitted for 21 & up, whether you bring your own or buy from one of the concessions. Food trucks rotate throughout the season. The list of bands which play from spring through the fall is eclectic and vast, and a night at the Shell is a made-in-Memphis experience.
- Best for Live Music Because: Live music, no admission, gorgeous setting, your own picnic basket. That makes the Shell one of the city's best live music venues.
- Best for Early Entertainment Because: Shows at the Levitt tend to be early evening, so you still feel like you have a social live, but you're home by 11.